Trio of Anderson University Students Awarded Tri Kappa Scholarships


Anderson, Ind. — A trio of Anderson University students were recently awarded with scholarships from the state organization of Tri Kappa this spring. Tri Kappa has provided scholarship awards since 1914 acknowledging students on the local, province, and state levels.

“It is very exciting that three AU students have received scholarship awards from  Tri Kappa at the state level,” said Dawn Carr, Anderson Xi Chapter member. “The applicants come from across the state of Indiana and it is a very competitive process. To have three AU students recognized for their educational achievements is quite an honor.” Rachael Shaver with flute

Rachael Shaver ’23, a sophomore flute performance major with a minor in event planning management, was awarded a $1,000 Fine Arts Scholarship. While in high school, Rachael played principal and won the concerto competition of the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra Side-By-Side program. Shaver performs at the Commons Theatre in Alexandria, where she has been the music director for junior productions. Shaver is one of two Fine Arts Scholarship winners that were awarded statewide to students majoring in art, dance, drama, or music. Students who applied are currently enrolled in an accredited baccalaureate or graduate degree program, having completed at least one academic year.

“Rachael has a gift for creating beauty through music,” said Carr. “This award reflects her exceptional work ethic and determination. I’m confident she will succeed in her educational pursuits and continue to contribute within the community through her musical talents.”

Two $750 Key Scholarships that were awarded to students throughout the state both went to AU students, Brandi Foley ’24 and Brent Beggs ’24. The scholarships are directed to post high school students who have no previous undergraduate degree and an interruption in education for at least five years. Criteria used by the Tri Kappa selection committee were strong goals, work experience, and volunteer service since high school.

Foley is a social work major and Christian ministries minor at Anderson University. She has been persistent in finishing her degree while also being a mother who has a daughter in college, and providing learning support for her teenage daughter at home. Foley is very engaged with activities around campus and hopes to help the community by serving in local non-profits upon graduation.

“Brandi built for herself a solid foundation at Ivy Tech,” said Andy Watkins, academic success coach at AU. “Brandi took from that foundation and hit the ground running during her first semester with Anderson University. I look for Brandi to be a leader who is sought-after within her specific discipline.”

Beggs is a Christian ministries major and is working on a lifelong dream of becoming ordained in the church. He currently serves as an associate pastor within a local church congregation. Beggs is also involved in the Adult Studies orientation program. He hopes to complete his undergraduate work and move into a Master of Divinity program, and to continue serving the community through his local church. 

“Since Brent’s first semester at AU, he has continued to grow and push into his ultimate dream of serving the church as a pastor,” said Watkins. “Brent is determined and has demonstrated a resiliency that only some dream of having.”

Dawn Carr, Tri Kappa Scholarship Chair; Brandi Foley; Brent Beggs; Stephanie Moran, AU Director of Engagement and Adult Studies

Anderson University is on a mission to educate students for lives of faith and service, offering more than 60 undergraduate majors, 30 three-year degrees, 20 NCAA Division III intercollegiate sports, alongside adult and graduate programs. The private, liberal arts institution is fully accredited and recognized among top colleges for its business, computer science, cybersecurity, dance, engineering, nursing, and teacher education programs. Anderson University was established in 1917 in Anderson, Indiana, by the Church of God.